Recently, TSN’s Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun reported that as much as six teams are interested in Michael Del Zotto. One of those teams being “interested” is the Ottawa Senators as they are looking for a puck moving defenseman. Other teams interested were not yet named, but back to Del Zotto. Around the fan base people would welcome a guy like Chris Neil in a trade for MDZ, but a player who has only scored 97 goals in 800 games would not solved the Rangers goal scoring woes. If the Rangers want to stay a little young and grab a guy with experience, maybe inquiring about Mika Zibanejad would not hurt, although it is unlikely the Senators would even think about moving such a talented player at this point.
It’s likely that Del Zotto will be moved sometime during the season, but there could a few things holding back Glen Sather from pulling the trigger. One reason is he is not finding the right talent in return in exchange for Michael Del Zotto. It’s hard to move a guy who has played so badly, but maybe all he needs his a change of scenery and it’s possible Sather is trying to sell him off based on age and RFA status. There really isn’t any other value besides his potential as a puck moving defenseman. Another theory is that maybe Glen is considering holding onto Del Zotto as they may not be keeping Dan Girardi next year and losing two defensemen like that with nobody in the farm ready to step up could be hindering Sather from making a move. At this point it’s really hard to say why a move has not been made. It could be that the a trade is on the table. but salary cap issues conflict it as Del Zotto is so cheap, only 2.550 million dollars. A decent bargain I suppose.
In the end, the Rangers need to make a move for another scoring forward and hopefully the right deal comes for Del Zotto. I am sure he is unhappy here in New York and the fans are definitely unhappy with his play ever since he was a top 15 Norris Trophy finalist. The Rangers could use any scoring help they can find as they are 27th in the league in goals for, 27th in goals for per game and 27th in the league in goals for 5-on-5.